This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers
The following is a guest post courtesy of Marie Draws. Marie is a PCT thru-hiker and artist who is using her skills to tell the stories of backpackers from diverse backgrounds and communities.
After George Floyd’s violent death, I wanted to use my skills to help the Black Lives Matter movement. Fellow hiker Stark Naked reached out to tell me about their experiences of racism on the PCT and I thought a lot more people needed to hear their story. We collaborated on a simple yet straightforward series of illustrations that would bring anything from uncomfortable moments to downright awful life experiences, using colorful graphics and visuals to pull more people in. The strong reactions and encouraging feedback that followed made it clear that racism in the outdoors needed more attention. After that, Stark Naked put me in contact with Akuna, and we highlighted his voice as a Black hiker on the AT to keep the conversation going. Both of these illustration series are below. –Marie
Up next: Queerness in the Outdoors. If you want to share your experiences with me, please get in touch on Instagram @mariedraws_thePCT.
Marie Draws for Stark Naked: Racism on the PCT
Marie Draws for Akuna: Racism on the AT
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